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[suhs-tuh n-tey-shuh n]
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  1. maintenance in being or activity; the sustaining of life through vital processes.
  2. provision with means or funds for upkeep.
  3. means of sustaining life; sustenance.
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Origin of sustentation

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin sustentātiōn- (stem of sustentātiō) an upholding, equivalent to sustentāt(us) (past participle of sustentāre, frequentative of sustinēre to sustain) + -iōn- -ion
Related formssus·ten·ta·tion·al, adjectivesus·ten·ta·tive [suhs-tuh n-tey-tiv, suh-sten-tuh-tiv] /ˈsʌs tənˌteɪ tɪv, səˈstɛn tə tɪv/, adjectiveself-sus·ten·ta·tion, noun
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Related Words for sustentation

existence, job, income, livelihood, storage, conservancy, conservation, safety, security, care, redemption, pardon, liberation, restoration, deliverance, emancipation, backing, repair, outlay, preservation

Examples from the Web for sustentation

Historical Examples of sustentation

  • Power of sustentation; the quality of sustaining a weight in the air.

    Flying Machines

    W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell

  • She wishes you to give her a legal promise of marriage, and sustentation.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • This defection from within not made up by sustentation from without.

  • Now, Nature is sufficient of itself, not only for sustentation, but also for creation.


    Joseph Le Conte

  • The one concerns the laws of sustentation of the system, the other the laws of evolution.


    Joseph Le Conte

British Dictionary definitions for sustentation


  1. a less common word for sustenance
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Word Origin for sustentation

C14: from Latin sustentātio, from sustentāre, frequentative of sustinēre to sustain
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Word Origin and History for sustentation


late 14c., from Anglo-French, Old French sustenacion, from Latin sustenationem (nominative sustenatio), noun of action from past participle stem of sustenare, frequentative of sustinere (see sustain).

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